Archive for 2010
We’ve added two options to complement the default confirmation page that is displayed after a form is submitted. You can now:
- Redirect users to the Return URL of the form
- Show a detailed confirmation page where users can choose to receive a confirmation email or download a PDF receipt.
Select the redirect option in the Form Details screen of the form builder to automatically redirect users to the Return URL of the form instead of showing them the confirmation page.
This feature allows you, for example, to redirect users to a download URL of your site after they’ve entered their information.
Redirect With Embedded Forms
If you have embedded a form onto your site and set it to redirect to the Return URL, some browsers may load the URL in the iframe that was containing the form. If you want the page to consistently load in the top browser tab/window, follow these instructions.
Note: Do not choose this option if your form includes a payment, as users would be redirected instead of being led the page where they are asked to make the payment.
Detailed Form Confirmation Page
The detailed confirmation page shows a summary of the data submitted and allows form users to:
- Have a confirmation email sent to them
- Download a PDF receipt
- Print a copy of the form data.
Feel free to try this demo.
Use the detailed confirmation page whenever you want users to be able to keep a copy/proof of the data they’ve submitted. This feature is only included with Business accounts.
PDF receipts may not display correctly in non Western-European languages (Russian, Chinese,…) unless the language is set explicitly with the lang parameter.
Visit the Forms Tab of the form builder and click the icon showing a pen to edit the corresponding form. Towards the bottom of the Form Details screen (pictured above), change the On Submission action to ‘Show summary with print, email & PDF options’.
This release of FormSmarts introduces over one hundred improvements, leading to our most powerful, reliable and generous offer yet.
Please add FormSmarts sender email email@example.com to your contacts, whitelist, or list of allowed senders and instruct any other form recipients to do so too. This should ensure your web forms are (and continue to be) always correctly delivered to your Inbox.
Increased Input Fields Allowance
To allow all users to take advantage of the new Heading and Text Block widgets introduced with this release, we’ve increased the number of fields you can use on a form.
- FormSmarts Standard users can add up to 15 fields on each form using their referral points.
- FormSmarts Pro users can add up to 60 fields on each form.
Be a Good Web-Citizen
- Report bugs. However intense our testing efforts before releasing a new version of the form builder, bugs may remain due to the number of different browsers and versions in use. Please report any suspected bugs on the forum or by email.
- Show your support. Whether you are a Standard user getting the web form service for free or a FormSmarts Pro customer paying the price of a business lunch for a year of service, please show your support by pressing the “Like” button on our Facebook page and following us on Twitter.
If many of the changes are improvements to FormSmarts server-side software which are not directly visible to you, all affect the quality of the service we provide you.
- Form data storage and Excel reporting are coming out of Beta, and you can now activate those for each form in the Form Details screen of your account.
- We’ve improved several aspects of the form creator‘s interface.
- We now support headings and text blocks on forms; details in another post.
You can now use headings to create logical sections within your forms. For example, you might need a Contact Details or Past Employment section. To add a heading, select the Heading widget in the Fields tab of the form builder. The new field’s description will become the text of the heading.
Text Block Widget
We’ve also added a text block widget that allows you to insert text of up to 250 characters (up to 2,000 characters with a Business account) anywhere within a form. Example uses include:
- Instructions for individual form sections
- Question or sentence introducing a group of check boxes
- Disclaimer at the bottom of a form
Text Blocks support some text formatting (bold and italics) and — most importantly — links.
To add a text block to a form, select the Text Block widget in the Fields tab of the form builder. We’ve increased the maximum number of fields that can be added to a form to allow all users to take advantage of this new facility.
Links and Formatting in Text Blocks
|Text with Commands||Formatted Text|
|Web Link||This is a [http://FormSmarts.com link to FormSmarts].||This is a link to FormSmarts.|
|Email Link||This is an [firstname.lastname@example.org email link].||This is an email link.|
|Bold||This text is *important*.||This text is important.|
|Italics||So is **this one**.||So is this one.|
|Underlining||Use underlining __sparingly__!||Use underlining sparingly!|
|Unordered List||* red
|Ordered List||1. red
Ordered & unordered lists are only supported in agreements/waivers at this time.
- Links open in a new window
- Email links are not supported in checkbox labels at this time
We welcome your feedback about headings and text blocks. If you would like to give feedback about (or suggest we add) another feature, visit the forum on our Facebook page. We read and reply to all posts.
The recent upgrade introduces some changes in FormSmarts Payment Integration (PayPal Form) feature.
- Chargeable items may now be placed in check boxes. This should prove valuable in situations where you’re building a form with one or several optional, individually priced items.
- Payment button instead of link. We’ve replaced the payment link on the confirmation page by a more outstanding button.
- Form ID now shown in PayPal report. Up to now, when you needed to reconcile a payment with the corresponding form submission, you could only rely on the FormSmarts Reference Number. This is the unique ID shown in the subject of emails containing form data and in Form to Excel reports. The same ID appears in the payment details in your Paypal account, and also in the CSV report you can generate. We’ve now added the Form ID (see screenshot) to the information available on PayPal, so you may quickly identify which form each payment is for.
We warmly welcome your feedback.